Anatole Volkov

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Anatole Boris Volkov (1924-2000) was a courier for the Silvermaster spy ring between Washington D.C. and New York City.

He was the nephew of Count Sergei Witte, who was of Czar Nicholas II’s Finance Minister of Russia from 1892 to 1903. His mother, Helen Silvermaster, was a baroness. In 1917 Vilkov’s parents immigrated to San Francisco, where Anatole was born in 1924. After a divorce his mother married Nathan Gregory Silvermaster, head of the Silvermaster group who spied for the Soviet Union during World War II.

Volkov spent two years as a radar operator in the United States Navy in the Pacific. He received a B.S. in science at North Carolina University in 1948 and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1950.

After the War Volkov moved to Israel and did research at the Technion, Israel's in Haifa, and the Weitzmann Institute of Science in Rehovot. From there he moved to Copenhagen in 1963 and worked at the Nils Bohr Institute. In 1964 he moved to Florida and taught at McMaster University until his retirement in 1989.

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